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Ready News: March 29, 2012

Ready News
March 29, 2012

Making an Action Plan, Sharing Data, New OST Tool


State Action Plan Ignites New Goals in a Rural County
You see it all the time: ambitious "action plans" issued by state and federal agencies that attract lots of attention at their unveilings, then lots of dust on their shelves. Not so in Maryland, where a state plan is stirring local change.

In Harford County, for example, leaders used a state plan to find out more than ever about their young people, and to craft an ambitious blueprint of their own to fill previously unseen gaps, overcome barriers and build on strengths. Read this short story about how the state plan guides change in one county.

Ready by 21 Webinar
Connecting the Dots: Data Sharing in States and Communities to Better Connect Youth Services

April 24, 2012, 3 p.m. ET 

Data sharing: It's an important topic, given the myriad systems that house information about our communities. Whether you are a teacher, service provider, parent or policymaker, aligned and connected data can have a powerful impact on how you work with young people individually and how you help all youth in your community achieve their best outcomes. In this webinar, you'll learn about efforts to align community and state data, and about tools to improve your effectiveness.

Taking Stock Worksheet 


This worksheet is designed to help leaders assess current data strengths and gaps in their community. The worksheet prompts thinking about what data is important for decision making, where current data is accessed, and what additional data would contribute to more informed decision making.

This worksheet can be used by leaders in a variety of ways. For example, it can be used to prompt discussion during a community meeting or it can be used as a survey among providers and policymakers. The goal is to help leaders gain more information about where there is available data on child and youth outcomes.  
(Registration Required)



New Toolkit Helps OST Coalitions
United Way Worldwide has released a new resource to help out-of-school time coalitions give more young people access to high-quality programs. The Out-of-School Time toolkit, funded by jcpenny, shows coalitions how to adopt a systemic approach to improving out-of-school time quality, access, sustainability, data collection and evaluation, and alignment and coordination. 

Early Application Pays Off for Best Communities
This year's 100 Best Communities for Young People competition will recognize communities working to reduce high school dropout rates and provide youth with outstanding places to live. Communities that apply by the early deadline of May 1 are eligible to receive two special grant awards of $2,500 each. The final application deadline is May 17. America's Promise Alliance provides the details.

What Does 'College Readiness' Mean for States?
The new issue of The Progress of Education Reform by the Education Commission of the States considers ways that states might define "college readiness," identifying for each approach potential benefits, potential drawbacks and key components to consider.

Run for the Money
The ING Run For Something Better program, in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, will provide at least 50 grants (of up to $2,500 each) to establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one. The deadline is May 15. Apply here.

Explore Family-School-Community Partnerships
The National Education Association will host a webinar on March 29 to explore its recent study, Family-School-Community Partnerships 2.0, which profiles 16 collaborative programs in 14 states. The leader of the study will explore 10 strategies for effective partnerships, and will be joined by leaders and participants in two of the programs.

When: March 29, 4 p.m. ET
Register here.  

Corporate Voices for Working Families Annual Meeting
This year's theme: Turning the Corner at Full Speed: Exploring the Challenges of the American Workplace.
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: May 9-11
Go here for more information.
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